He is a 9 week old pure breed shih tzu. Some times my 4 year old daughter old my 10 year old or my wife wanna pick him up he starts growling and tries to bite them. Also at night he he poopoos out side he’s cage. What & how should I do to prevent those bahaviors?
With the growling, they need to respect him when he starts to growl. These are his warnings, and you don’t want to get after him for warning because if you do then he will learn not to warn and just to bite. You want these warnings. Instead, they need to respect his space and sit down with him and invite him up on their laps.
Other ways to make him like them more and to help encourage no biting is for them to handfeed him his meals (you hold the hand of the child so that they don’t close their hand too much.) If anyone feels anything but tongue, then the food is taken away and “ouch” is said. After 3 ouches, that meal ends. Plan on 3-5 meals a day so that if he has to skip one it’s only 3 hours to the next meal and won’t hurt him, but it will make a huge impact.
Try to find a trainer in your area that will help you train him, since this will help you help THEM to train him and make him like them even more.
As for pooing outside his cage, as long as he’s not going in the cage you’re good. Do NOT under ANY circumstances hit him or get all physical like some people are saying. If you do that, you teach him to not poo in front of you, and that will mean a puppy who hides behind your couch or under your child’s bed to poo, where you can’t see him. Your best bet is to wake up earlier so you have more time to take him out, and then take him DIRECTLY outside. When he poos outside, celebrate it and pay attention and give treats. If he starts pooing inside, pick him up mid-poo and take him outside, not saying a thing.
When you get back inside, put him where he can’t see you and clean up the mess using an enzyme based cleanser (Nature’s Miracle is the best, but there are good knock off brands just about everywhere even Wal-mart. Just make sure it says “enzyme based” since the enzymes eat the protein bonds that make the smell, even smell you can’t smell yourself. He can smell it.) It’s important for him not to see you cleaning it up, since that gives him permission to go there again (you’re cleaning it up for his use next time.)
For long periods of time he needs a long-term confinement area. Ie, a kennel large enough for his bed, for a spot for him to pee/poo without breaking his housetraining, toys, and water.
Do not use ANY method that your 4 year old cannot execute perfectly. In other words, the Cesar Millan methods tend to be very physical and your 4 year old is too young to do them. It would put her in danger since eventually the dog would use physical force against her… ie, a bite. It’s far better to make them friends than to buy into the whole “dominance” theories which have been proven false. Also, I don’t know about you, but around my house little kids make all sorts of noises that sound a lot like Millan’s “sst” sound. I don’t want my dog to think they’re in trouble for hanging around the child or feel like they have to defend themselves.